Stiff : The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers-some willingly, some unwittingly-have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 23mm | 270g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations
  • 0393324826
  • 9780393324822
  • 34,623

Review quote

"This quirky, funny read offers perspective and insight about life, death and the medical profession.... You can close this book with an appreciation of the miracle that the human body really is." -- Tara Parker-Pope - Wall Street Journal "A laugh-out-loud funny book... one of those wonderful books that offers up enlightenment in the guise of entertainment." -- Michael Little - Washington City Paper "As weird as the book gets, Roach manages to convey a sense of respect and appreciation for her subjects." -- Roy Rivenburg - Los Angeles Times "Roach is authoritative, endlessly curious and drolly funny. Her research is scrupulous and winningly presented." -- Adam Woog - Seattle Times "Mary Roach is one of an endangered species: a science writer with a sense of humor. She is able to make macabre funny without looting death of its dignity." -- Brian Richard Boylan - Denver Post "Roach writes in an insouciant style and displays her metier in tangents about bizarre incidents in pathological history. Death may have the last laugh, but, in the meantime, Roach finds merriment in the macabre." -- Gilbert Taylor - Booklist "Acutely entertaining, morbidly fascinating." -- Susan Adams - Forbes
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About Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of five best-selling works of nonfiction, including Grunt, Stiff, and, most recently, Fuzz. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.
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185,661 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 37% (68,875)
4 38% (71,281)
3 18% (34,331)
2 4% (7,619)
1 2% (3,555)

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This book is such an interesting read. It's well written with both respect and humour. The author has done an amazing amount of research and the historical information is fascinating. I have recommended this book to others - who have also found it an enjoyable and enlightening more
by Alcina Barrett-Kilby
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